One Hundred ICTA-UAB Researchers to Address the Main Environmental Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

ICTA-UAB will host the 2nd Spring Symposium next May 16 and 17 at the UAB campus.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ERASMUS+ Edu-BioMed News: ICTA-UAB organizes workshops in Jabal Moussa and Shouf Biosphere Reserves (Lebanon) addressed to university...

From next April, 29th to May, 2nd, about 40 professors and professionals from the higher education institutions from Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, France and Italy will meet in two Lebanese Biosphere Reserves (Jabal Moussa and Shouf) to discuss how to improve Moroccan and Lebanese higher education and academic research in the context of Mediterranean Biosphere Reserves (BRs).

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

Se prevén niveles de polen muy altos para esta primavera

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Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Record-wet and record-dry months increased in regions worldwide: climate change drives rainfall extremes

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Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.

ICTA-UAB researcher Gara Villalba receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the recipients of its Consolidator Grant competition: 291 top scientists across Europe.

The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

For the first time since its founding, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded approximately 1 million euros by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ funding scheme.

ICTA-UAB contributes to bridging science and society in the 100xCiencia.3

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Citizens prefer landscapes that combine nature with built infrastructure

A pioneering study analyses the photographs shared by citizens in social networks to evaluate the aesthetic consideration of natural landscapes.

New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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Public Conference: “Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening”

Date: 2018-12-13

Public Conference: “Beyond re-naturing cities: Integrating social justice and health equity in urban greening”

  • Event of the “Nature & Health” seminar series (Selected project of the Call “Reflection projects of Palau Macaya)
  • Official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU) Congress 2018: Reframing urban resilience implementation: Aligning sustainability and resilience 

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018
Time: 9.00h – 15.00h
Venue: Palau Macaya (Sala d’Actes) Passeig de Sant Joan 108 | 08037 Barcelona 

Working languages: English, Catalan (simultaneous translation service available) 

Urban green and blue spaces have gained recognition over the past few years in helping to create multi-functional public spaces, improve their ecological connectivity, and provide many benefits for urban communities. Cities around the world are now working together to bring nature back into the city.

Questions cities are grappling with in promoting greener cities are often related to the social dimension of urban green and blue spaces: Who actually has access to these spaces? What are the main benefits for people and communities, such as better health? Who are the real beneficiaries of those urban green and blue spaces? And what do cities need to keep in mind when planning, creating, and maintaining such spaces as a consequence?

The projects ENABLE, NATURVATION and Greenlulus are organising an international symposium titled ‘Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation: Aligning Sustainability and Resilience’ as an official side event of the 11th International Forum on Urbanism (IFOU) congress in Barcelona on 13 December 2018. The aim of this symposium is to share research insights, showcase city experience, discuss, and point towards answers for more just and equitable urban green and blue spaces and thus more resilient cities.

The symposium is co-organised by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, SomNatura, XCT, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and IUCN. International researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SE), Humboldt University Berlin (DE), University of Lodz (PL), The New School (US) will join local researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES) and representatives from the City of Barcelona to discuss considerations, challenges as well as implications of making cities healthier and accessible to all residents through urban nature.

The event is free of charge to all interested or working on greening cities. Find the programme details here.
Click here to register here (Spanish) or here (Catalan) for the event for one of the limited seats. 


8.30 - 9.00 Reception and registration 

9.00 - 9.15 Opening 
Marc Vilahur, President of XCT 
Alice Reil, Coordinator for Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity, ICLEI 

9.15-9.45 Opening talk: Approaches and challenges towards a greener, healthier and more inclusive Barcelona 
Margarita Parés Officer for Green Infrastructure and Biodiversity Strategy, Barcelona City 

Part 1. Considerations for greening cities inclusively to enhance human wellbeing 

9.45 – 10.15 City-research insights: Remedies for an unfair distribution of environmental risks and benefits: The case of New York City 
Timon McPhearson, Professor of Urban Ecology at New York New School 

10.15 – 11.15 Roundtable with experts 
Erik Andersson, Professor at Stockholm University & coordinator ENABLE project 
Johannes Langemeyer, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Francesc Baró, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Karolina Koprowska, Researcher at University of Lodz 
Chair: Chantal Van Ham, European Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions at IUCN 

11.15 - 11.45 Coffee break 

Part 2. The challenges of making green cities healthier for all 

11.45 – 12.15 Research insights: From urban environmental justice to (green) gentrification: Moving towards a
just and healthy city agenda 

Isabelle Anguelovski, Professor at ICTA-UAB & coordinator GREENLULUs project 

12.15 – 13.15 Roundtable with experts 
Dagmar Haase, Professor at University Humboldt Berlin (via video-conference) 
Margarita Triguero-Mas, Researcher at IsGlobal and ICTA-UAB 
Helen Cole, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Carmen Pérez del Pulgar, Researcher at ICTA-UAB 
Chair: James Connolly, Researcher at ICTA-UAB and Associate Director of BCNUEJ 

13.15 - 13.30 Closing 
James Connolly, Researcher at ICTA-UAB and Associate Director of BCNUEJ 

13.30 – 15.00 Lunch and networking 

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